| May 15, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Once, Social Security was the "third rail" of politics. Touch it and face political death. Now it is homosexuality. Criticize anything gay people do and you risk ostracism, fines, suspension or loss of your livelihood.
Michael Sam, the first openly gay...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 4:52 AM
Jimmy Butler’s Taylor Swift sing along in the Bulls locker room earlier this year makes a little more sense now.
The Bulls guard was on hand Friday for the country music festival, Windy City Smokeout, at Grand Avenue and the Chicago River. Ex-Bear...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 9:17 AM
The fall always brings a windfall of new music, and this year is no exception. Albums are expected by everyone from Taylor Swift to Shellac, and Jason Aldean to Aphex Twin. Prince is back in a big way, and the dream team is at it again — who else...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 10:47 AM
Booty, beauty, beats and Kate Bush. Below, a rundown of some of what happened this week in popular music.
-- A few decades from now, when music historians are writing the tome of Los Angeles in the early part of the century, two names will be at the...
| Sep 1, 2014
| 6:38 AM
It would be easy to jokingly criticize Nickelodeon TV’s The Fresh Beat Band, which headlined the grandstand at Allentown Fair on Sunday, as playing music that’s simplistic and having lyrics that are juvenile (Get it? A kid’s band with...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 6:30 AM
It's a story as old as Bob Dylan: a guitar-toting young troubadour heads to the city, gets a deal, hits it big and then goes electric. In 2014, his name is Ed Sheeran, he's 23 and from a coastal town two hours from London. His new record, "x," arrives...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 10:20 AM
For a quarter of a century, the feisty little indie label Cedille Records has stood out as a plucky survivor in a domestic classical recording business that has been buffeted by a slumping economy, vanishing retail stores, the inexorable advance of pop...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 1:43 PM
**1/2 (out of 4)
Busker-turned-pop superstar Ed Sheeran has spent years touring extensively with Taylor Swift, and the pairing couldn’t have been more fitting. On the English singer’s 2011 breakout “+,” Sheeran’s songs...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 10:12 AM
On the last day of a blissful, relaxing vacation, full of laughing, swimming and board games, our eldest son accepted the now-infamous Ice Bucket Challenge, in support of those with ALS, also referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Honestly, the whole...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 1:08 PM
Here are the Top 5 Concerts of the Coming Week:
1. MADE IN AMERICA FESTIVAL
Kanye West and the National on Aug. 30. On Aug. 31, Pharell Williams, Kings of Leon, Tiesto and Kongos, who just headlined a show at Musikfest Cafe in Bethlehem....
| Aug 28, 2014
| 11:50 AM
In 2012, a hard-strumming British singer named Ed Sheeran performed his first Los Angeles gig at the tiny Hotel Cafe, capacity 165.
Roughly a year later, the young beatbox troubadour sold out the Nokia Theatre on his 22nd birthday -- capacity 7,100....